There was once a myth that haunted animated films and referred to, or implicitly gave, a youth or child audience as consumers of this style. Perhaps even many continue to believe it.
The first examples that come to most at the time of this myth are probably some of the latest movies of Pixar, What Intensely, Coco Hello just released Net. But that is only given by the hegemony that American cinema exercises in much of the Western world. The inexorable example is given in the films of the mythical Studio Ghibliwhich has been producing stories with this condiment since the late 1980s.
This Japanese animation studio was born in 1986, by the hand of Isao Takahata and of Hayao Miyazakiboth responsible for directing the first great successes of Ghibli. By dint of world-renowned successes, the studio positioned itself as one of the best in the world. With 6 of his productions in the top 10 highest grossing animated films in Japanese history and no less than 5 Oscar nominationshis undoubted seal left a mark on the millions of viewers who have enjoyed his stories.
Today Netflix contains in its catalog many of the titles of Studio Ghibliso we propose this ranking of the 5 best, which you can not hesitate to see or even enjoy again.
5. The Incredible Vagabond Castle
Sophie is a young woman who works as a milliner in her late father’s shop. On a walk through the city, she meets the wizard Howl, whom she falls in love with. However, a witch turns her into a 90-year-old woman. Completely shocked, this shy young woman will seek help from Howl, although situations lead her to be the one to help the magician too. Miyazaki directs this film that portrays the teenager as someone who not only has things to learn, but is also capable of leaving lessons along the way.
4. Ponyo and the Secret of the Little Mermaid
Again Miyazaki manages to impose a story that transcends the ages and leaves messages and beauty for any viewer. In this case, this free adaptation of the famous story of the Little Mermaid tells the story of a princess from the marine world who accidentally falls into the hands of a 5-year-old boy, Sosuke. He protects her from her and, once back in the sea, the princess wants to become human, to continue sharing with Sosuke, something that her powerful father will try to prevent.
3. My Neighbor Totoro
A father and his two daughters move into a house to be closer to their mother, who is sick with tuberculosis. In the midst of this difficult family situation and the move, the girls will find comfort in particular creatures that are in the house, but above all in Totoro, an affectionate beast that will make girls live an incredible adventure. Miyazaki touches a tough subject with unique tenderness and insight, bringing an innocent yet beautiful point of view to one of the greatest animated films of all time.
2. Princess Mononoke
In order to heal the wound caused by a maddened boar, the young Ashitaka goes in search of the Deer god, because only he can free him from the spell. Throughout his journey he discovers how the animals of the forest fight against men who are willing to destroy Nature. The argument seems to contain merely a fantastic story, but also, again Miyazaki, introduces themes related to nature, man and his destructive spirit.
1. Spirited Away
Undoubtedly the definitive classic. It is almost a cliché but at the same time impossible to avoid putting Spirited Away at number 1 in almost any ranking. Here we see the adventure of Chihiro herself, who in the middle of a trip she is doing for the family move, he sees his parents turn into pigs for eating an enchanted feast. The young woman must find a way to get them back, as she discovers a world that hides as many surprises as it does dangers. It is difficult to put into words what this film generates in viewers. You just have to prepare yourself for a magical journey full of reflections as deep as they are moving.
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